Brussels Sprouts Not Best Bet for Georgia

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

According to two University of Georgia researchers, Brussels sprout crops do not seem to be the best option for Georgia farmers. Justin Shealey, one of the researchers heading the study, says results were not positive after the second year of researching whether or not Brussels sprouts had a bright future as a Georgia crop. "There…

U.S. Strawberry Growers Face Heavy Competition from Mexico

Abigail Taylor Research, Strawberry, Top Posts

Strawberry growers in the United States are feeling pressure from increasing strawberry production in Mexico. Zhengfei Guan, University of Florida assistant professor and agricultural economist, recently spoke at the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference about the struggles strawberry growers are facing and ways to combat those challenges. Mexico's strawberry production is rapidly growing, making the…

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New UF/IFAS Scientist Brings Latest Technology to Battle Against Invasive Species

Dan Cooper Research, Technology

by Robin Koestoyo,¬†University of Florida/IFAS Carey Minteer, a research professor with expertise in the use of biological controls to manage invasive plants, has joined the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Florida has the most invasive species in the country, with 28 ports of entry, including seaports, airports and train stations. Minteer,…

An Update on Diamondback Moths

Abigail Taylor Pests, Research, Top Posts

Gary England, a regional specialized Extension agent and director of the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Hastings Agricultural Extension Center, and UF/IFAS Assistant Professor Hugh Smith are starting a second research trial on diamondback moths. In previous seasons, the diamondback moth has been a concern for cabbage, collard greens and Asian…

Creating a Healthier Lunchroom in Schools

Abigail Taylor innovation, Research, Top Posts

Jaclyn Kropp, an assistant professor at the University of Florida, spoke at the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference about research and programs to encourage consumption of fruits and vegetables within the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). NSLP is the second largest food assistance program in the United States and is administered by the U.S. Department…

Strawberry Industry Participation Needed for Survey

Abigail Taylor Research, Strawberry, Top Posts

Dr. Sanjun Gu, an Extension horticulture specialist at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, recently spoke about his ongoing research and how growers can participate in the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative's (NSSI) strawberry survey. There are 13 states currently participating in this nationwide survey, but Gu hopes to encourage more participation. The survey mainly…

An Organic Pest Control Approach

Abigail Taylor Research, Top Posts

Janine Spies, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Florida (UF), recently spoke at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference about the benefits of intercropping buckwheat and organic crops to reduce pests and disease. Spies believes that organic production is at a disadvantage because of the limitations on tools to resist pests. Farmers are…

Watermelon Variety Trial Results

Abigail Taylor Research, Top Posts, Watermelon

Timothy Coolong, an Extension vegetable specialist at the University of Georgia, recently shared results from his watermelon variety trial for 2016. This year, the trial included 35 seedless varieties and seven seeded varieties. The high yielder in this trial was Kingman from Sakata. This is the first time Kingman has been entered in this trial.…